Sebastian Coates makes Sporting Lisbon loan switch

first_img The 25-year-old Uruguay international headed for Portugal following Sunderland’s capture of Ivory Coast international Lamine Kone on Wednesday evening and could make his Sporting debut against Academica at the weekend. Coates joined the Black Cats from Liverpool, initially on loan, in 2014 and made a permanent move to the Stadium of Light last summer. Press Association Sunderland have confirmed that defender Sebastian Coates has joined Sporting Lisbon on loan for the rest of the season. center_img He made 32 appearances for the club, but has been sacrificed as manager Sam Allardyce attempts to rebuild his squad while balancing the wage bill to meet Financial Fair Play regulations. last_img read more

Lacrosse player, coach selected for US team

first_imgTwo members of the women’s lacrosse team, associate head coach Devon Wills and junior Gussie Johns, were chosen as goalies for the U.S. Women’s National Team, which will play in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup this summer. Head coach Lindsey Munday, who was part of two World Championships and served as captain for the Team USA in 2013, felt proud to have both women chosen to play on the team.“Devon and Gussie have worked together for more than two years, and this is a testament to their passion, drive and commitment to improve,” Munday said. “I can’t think of two individuals more deserving of this honor, and it is incredibly special to have Devon and Gussie be the two goalies to represent our country in the World Cup.”Wills has been part of USC’s lacrosse program for four years and has already competed as the goalie for the U.S. World Champion teams in both 2009 and 2013. Wills’ experience on the field in the highest level of matches will not only help the team as they fight for their eighth world championship victory, but will also serve as an example of what hard work and commitment can achieve.“Devon is one of the best goalies ever to play the game and is a seasoned Team USA veteran,” Munday said. “Even after 13 years on the team, she continues to push herself to improve and is one of the hardest working people I know.”Yet another hard worker, Johns is the first Trojan to ever be selected for Team USA. Last season, she led USC in ground balls and their number one scoring defense and led the nation in goals against average, which all contributed to her distinction as All-MPSF and IWLCA All-Region last season. Despite all the attention, she said she simply feels thankful to continue to play lacrosse more.“It is such an honor to be a part of Team USA,” Johns said. “The opportunity to play with and get to know the individuals on this team has been a true privilege. It reminds me of why I love the sport of lacrosse so much and how we are all playing for a much larger purpose.”While Wills’ coaching unquestionably helped mold Johns into the player that she has become during her time at USC, Johns’ own desire to constantly progress and the effort she has put in are what ultimately earned her this honor.“Gussie has followed in Devon’s footsteps and words cannot express how proud I am of her,” Munday said. “Since she stepped foot on campus, she has done everything to improve her game every day. She puts in countless hours of extra work, and it is exciting to see that it has all paid off. In addition to her talents on the field, Gussie is an incredible person and embodies what it means to be a Trojan and a member of Team USA.”last_img read more

Can Tottenham make the list? Premier League’s best ever goal differences ranked

first_img 10th. Liverpool (2013/14): +51 – In the infamous season when the Reds ‘let it slip’, their impressive goal difference, where they became only the third team to score more than 100 goals in a Premier League season (GF 101; GA 50), was only enough for second place. 6th. Chelsea (2004/05): GD +57 – The Blues’ first Premier League title in Jose Mourinho’s first season was largely down to their tremendous defensive record (GF 72; GA 15). Joint 4th. Manchester United (2007/08 and 2009/10): GD +58 – United’s final goal difference in the 2007/08 season (GF 80; GA 22) broke the record set by Chelsea on the way to winning a second successive title. However, when the Red Devils equalled it two seasons later (GF 86; GA 28), it was only good enough for second. 9 Tottenham may be in the middle of an almighty tussle for Premier League supremacy with Leicester City, but there is one accolade they are a shoo-in for this season.Despite being five points behind the Foxes, Spurs have by far the best goal difference in the league with an admirable +39 with four games remaining.Their haul of 64 goals scored and 25 conceded means Mauricio Pochettino’s side boasts both the best attack and the best defence in the league.The next highest is Manchester City on a +28 goal difference, but where would Tottenham’s tally stand in the all time Premier League goal differences?talkSPORT did some research and ranked the top 12 goal differences at the end of a Premier League season.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is at number one! 9th. Manchester United (1999/00): GD +52 – Fresh off the back of an historic treble, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men set a new Premier League record goal difference (GF 97; GA 45) on the way to defending their title. 9 9 Joint 7th. Manchester United (2006/07 and 2011/12): GD +56 – This goal difference (GF 83; GA 27) was enough for United to reclaim the title in 2007, four years after they last lifted it, but only good enough for second place in 2011/12 (GF 89; GA 33). 9 Joint 11th. Chelsea (2005/06) and Liverpool (2008/09) both racked up goal differences of +50, the joint 11th best total in the Premier League era. Click the arrow above, right, to find out which clubs have achieved the most impressive goal difference in Premier League history – Chelsea’s total (Goal For 72; Goals Against 22) helped them romp to a second successive Premier League title but Liverpool’s effort (GF 77; GA 27) was only enough for a second-place finish. 9 1st. Chelsea (2009/10): GD +71 – Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea became the first Premier League side to score more than 100 goals in a season on the way to winning the title in 2010 and breaking Manchester United’s three season-long reign as champions (GF 103; GA 32). In the process, they racked up the largest goal difference in Premier League history. 2nd. Manchester City (2013/14): GD +65 – Manchester City’s second title again was down to their attack – and some loose turf under the feet of Steven Gerrard – as they became one of only three sides to score over 100 goals in a season (GF 102; GA 37). 9 9 9 9 3rd. Manchester City (2011/12): GD +64 – The reason Manchester City’s goal difference (GF 93; GA 29) was so high was largely down to 6-1 and 5-0 wins against Manchester United and Tottenham, respectively, on the way to winning their first Premier League title. last_img read more